"No, Madam" there are currently 200,000 migrant domestic workers in Lebanon who live at their employer's family home.
I have been documenting horrific stories for the past few months, but this was one kept me awake all night.

As I introduced myself to her and explained how important her story is, her eyes welled up with tears as she held her pregnant stomach. We were sitting in a white "interview room" at the Caritas Migrant Center, where they receive between three to six domestic maids a day who have been abused/ trafficked. It took me 1.5 months to get this meeting.

Just before we started recording, I could hear a maid crying in the interview room next to ours.

When 23-year-old Najat*, made her journey from Ghana to Lebanon to work as a domestic maid, she aimed to save money to continue her university education. Her dream was to become a teacher.

She worked in a family home in Beirut for two and a half months, where she was sexually harassed by the husband of the family in his children's bedroom where she slept. He eventually raped her twice on his marital bed, after his wife left for work.
"Madam asked me why I was crying every day. I couldn't tell her 'your husband raped me' ".

After running away from the family home to Caritas Migrant Center, she found out she was pregnant with her rapist's child, she is almost nine months pregnant. Her rapist will most probably not be punished, and there are no laws in Lebanon to protect migrant workers. We had to stop the interview towards the end because her shaking and crying so much may have hurt her unborn baby's health.

*Name has been changed to due security reasons.

By Natalie Naccache


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